Types of Braces for Adults, Teens, and Children

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Are you looking to learn about different types of braces? If you are considering dental braces or Invisalign braces to help you or your child get a more confident or healthier smile, Ivanov Orthodontic Experts has different types of braces that can work for you, whether you prefer an almost invisible orthodontic solution or a faster treatment time. The American Dental Association recommends an orthodontic exam as early as the age of 7. The earlier we see you or your child, typically, the more options we will have for treatment if braces/Invisalign or treatment is needed.


They are the most common choice for teenagers and adults. The metal braces are the original braces. Now, with the advancement of technology, they are the smallest, very well-polished, and strongest of all the types of braces. They have color ties that go on top of them to hold the wire. The big advantage of conventional braces is that they work even for the hardest, most difficult cases.


They are a common choice for adults who want to be discreet about teeth straightening and getting a nice, beautiful smile. They’re made of ceramic, which is a type of tooth-colored material, and they’re almost invisible. They can be used with tooth-colored ties for a discreet appearance. Ceramic braces are highly aesthetic and are a great option for adults and parents.


Invisalign is a common choice for adults who want virtually invisible straightening of teeth and less frequent visits to the orthodontist. They provide a series of very thin and almost invisible trays that apply gentle pressure to your teeth to move them in the desired direction. The system uses computer-generated 3D-imaging technology to show you a movie from the current position of your teeth to your future beautiful radiant smile. Clear aligners, Invisalign, is virtually invisible, and your friends may not even notice that you are straightening your teeth. Sure, you can surprise them.


They are the most aesthetic choice for adults because the braces are inside the mouth on the backside of the teeth.  There are many companies that make lingual braces and currently the most common, with the most advanced features in lingual braces, is called “Incognito”. They make gold-colored, individually made braces specifically for the anatomy of your teeth that go on the inside of your teeth.  Incognito company utilizes state-of-the-art CAD/CAM technology for customization and prescription adjustments of the braces leading to more predictable results for you.   The wires are specifically robotically bent for your orthodontic treatment plan so that at each step of your treatment precision is maximized and you get your dream smile within the least number of visits.  You are probably asking yourself, What is the catch?   Can it be the cost?   The cost is a big one, the investment for highly customized incognito lingual braces can be anywhere from 2 – 3 times the investment cost of conventional braces.  If you are a candidate and you move forward with getting the lingual braces, your orthodontist will go into detail about proper care of the appliance.


Unlike other orthodontic appliances, TADS (Temporary Anchorage Devices) help achieve tooth movements that in some cases would be otherwise impossible. TADS have been used in orthodontics for over three decades. When used in the mouth, they provide an anchorage point for a pushing or pulling force that must otherwise be applied from outside the mouth. Therefore, a headgear can be avoided in certain cases. Wearing a headgear can be an uncomfortable and traumatizing experience. Often, TADS can eliminate the use of headgear; this advancement in technology is appreciated by many patients.

TADS are very small. They are placed temporarily in the mouth and removed once desired improvement has been achieved and they are not needed. They usually remain in place for some months of treatment. TADS act like a door handle that can be used to push or pull on a tooth that is difficult to move.
Using TADS provides other benefits to the patients such as: It may eliminate the need to wear rubber bands, it could shorten the treatment time by a significant amount, and in most extreme cases, it could help reduce the chances of surgery. TADS are appliances used concurrently with braces or Invisalign that help patients get the most balance in their new smiles.


“Orthopedics” plainly means bone changes. When there is a skeletal imbalance, treatment may require orthopedics at the appropriate age. Sometimes, treatment requires both orthodontics and orthopedics at the appropriate age. If the child has a narrow top jaw viewed from the side or a deficient top jaw viewed from the front when compared to the bottom jaw, the best time for treatment would be at early age because the bones are softer and are more moldable, leading to a reduced chance of surgery in the future.

Orthopedics can be explained in this way: if a child is sucking their thumb for periods, it produces bone changes. In some instances, there is also tooth movement. Essentially, the child is doing his or her own orthodontics and orthopedics combined because of these habits. It is not unusual for orthopedic treatment to precede conventional braces at a young age with the goal of proper guidance of facial growth and development.


Teeth whitening can be done before, during, or after orthodontic treatment. Some teeth whitening products contain PF (potassium nitrate and fluoride), which helps to reduce sensitivity. In addition, studies have found that this fluoride addition helps to strengthen the enamel. If you have braces, you don’t have to wait for a whiter smile. Literature has shown that hydrogen peroxide whitening works as peroxide penetrates the tooth and spreads throughout, so even the part of your tooth covered by the bracket could whiten with time. The cleansing effect of peroxide is well-known, and it can remove bacteria from around your teeth, gums, and orthodontic appliances. With advancement of teeth whitening products, whitening time can vary from 30 minutes to overnight, depending on manufacturers’ instruction and concentrations.

If you want to learn more, the next step will be to schedule a complementary (100% no obligation and no cost) Ivanov Orthodontic Experts Consultation ($249.00 value) to see if you or your child needs braces/Invisalign or orthodontic treatment.

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